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  Compassion 

Compassion for children leads to good mental health. When we show empathy and kindness towards children, we create a safe and nurturing environment that promotes their emotional well-being. 

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DOES COMPASSION AFFECT CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH?

Compassion can indeed have a positive impact on children’s mental health. Research has shown that compassionate behaviors are associated with increased happiness, positive affect, and reduced negative affect and anxiety 1. 

Additionally, compassionate behavior such as volunteer work has been linked to positive outcomes like increased academic aspirations and self-esteem among adolescents 2.

Moreover, showing compassion through caring and expressing feelings of kindness can positively affect mood, which can help lift feelings of depression 3. 

 

It’s important to note that the mental health of children is crucial, as it affects physical health, learning, socialization, self-esteem, and other aspects of child development that can have lifelong repercussions 4.

In times of crisis, such as the pandemic, children’s mental health needs have been highlighted, with increased stressors leading to a rise in mental health crises among children 5. Therefore, fostering an environment of compassion and support is essential for the good mental health and well-being of children.

1 -- compassion-matters.org 2 -- positivepsychology.com

3 -- archtoronto.org 4 -- health.harvard.edu 5 -- apa.org

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